Purple Bouganvilla

Bouganvilla in vintage vase – pastel on paper

This was a quick study that I did some time ago.  Since I’m working on something else right now, I’m not able to post that painting until it’s finished.  Pastels go through an ugly stage that I don’t share with anyone.  My husband used to pass by my works in progress and think the paintings were horrible, but then would be surprised when he saw the finished product.  He would be seeing the first layer of pastels.  Although all the layers contribute to the final painting, they sort of disappear eventually – or visually mix together.  So the first layer is usually the undertones, the shadows and might not even be the right shape yet. It’s all very scratchy and scrawly.  It’s a different story when using an underpainting though and one of these days, when I have a chance, I’ll post that process.

Hopefully the new painting will have the same energy that this does.  However, there won’t be any bouganvillas in it, but plenty of other flowers.


Through the Oaks

Through the Oaks
Through the Oaks – 18×26 – pastels on sanded paper

This is from Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce, FL where the live oaks grow undisturbed.  They are huge trees with far reaching limbs.  A bit farther down this dirt road on the ranch is a picnic area with a giant tree house.

I’m getting ready to start a new commission and while taking stock, making sure there were plenty of pastels in the box and planning my approach this painting came to mind.

The new painting won’t have a path with dappled light but many of the colors will be the same, as well as the size.

Better get to work!:)

Sketchbook pages from 2012 Sketchbook Project

Goldfish – watercolor – Framed by Mango Paper

For the 2012 Sketchbook Project (I’ve put a link over there on the right for ArtHouse Coop) I wanted to do something different.  It’s a great way to try out new things and experiment.  There is a large portfolio in my supply closet with assorted handmade papers so it seemed a good place to start.

Some of the papers were crinkled up and colored with water colors – sort of dyed.  The colors made a small palette of purple, green, blue and orange.  Then of course there was white paper.  One piece of paper was hand made mango paper – appropriate for my part of the world. My decision was that the sketchbook would be all about paper as a medium.

Although collage is not one of my mediums – it seemed the right thing to do.

Clementine – drawn, then collaged with prepainted paper pieces – THEN more mango paper and THEN some watercolor crayons on top – whew
A Pear – same process as the clementine

Beach – centerfold – this one is done with torn bits of white paper glued onto the pages – then painted with watercolor on top – lots of texture
Sailboat – torn prepainted paper
Tree painted with ink on mango paper

and then there were two pages that are from a book of my husband’s – in honor of the mathematicians:

For the right brained mathematician

Can’t wait to figure out what to put into the 2013 sketchbook.